Tommy Emmanuel feat. John Knowles (seated show)

Tommy Emmanuel feat. John Knowles (seated show)

Sat Jan 12

Tommy Emmanuel feat. John Knowles (seated show)

Doors: 7:00 pm
Start: 8:00 pm
Age: Ages 21+ Only

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is known for his dazzling performance, flawless guitar skills and voluminous repertoire that never fail to amaze and engage his legions.

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Genre: acoustic

Ticket Price: $67 advanced / $67 day of show/ Indigo Grill dinner for 2 + show package $190 (online only — Limited Availability)

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Tommy Emmanuel

“If you like guitar playing, it simply doesn’t get any better than Tommy.” – Jason Isbell
Tommy Emmanuel has achieved enough musical milestones to satisfy several lifetimes.
Or at least they would if he was the kind of artist who was ever satisfied. At the age of six,
he was touring regional Australia with his family band. By 30, he was a rock n’ roll lead
guitarist burning up stadiums in Europe. At 44, he became one of five people ever named
a Certified Guitar Player by his idol, music icon Chet Atkins. Today, he plays hundreds
of sold-out shows every year from Nashville to Sydney to London. All the while, Tommy
has hungered for what’s next. When you’re widely acknowledged as the international
master of the solo acoustic guitar, what’s next is Accomplice One, an album of
collaborations with some of the finest singers, songwriters and, yes, guitarists alive today
– a list including Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas,
Amanda Shires, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Simo, David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Suzy
Bogguss and many more.
Since he and his brother Phil taught themselves to play as toddlers, the guitar has been
Tommy’s real first language–and he’s more articulate on his signature Melbourne-made
Maton acoustics than most people are with words. Influenced by the Merle Travis/Chet
Atkins fingerstyle of guitar picking, Tommy developed a style of solo guitar playing that
encompasses the range of a whole band– covering drums, bass, rhythm and lead guitar
and a vocal melody simultaneously. No loop pedals, no overdubs, just one man and ten
fingers. While some artists take ten-piece bands on the road and still fill out the sound
with backing tracks, Tommy builds a complete sonic world entirely on his own.
For many players, the technical mastery of the technique would overwhelm the emotion
of the music, but not for Tommy. His idols are not just the great players, but also the great
pop songwriters and singers–Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, The Beatles and
their ilk. While thousands of fans have spent years trying to unpack and imitate Tommy’s
technique, for him it’s just the delivery system. His approach is always song and emotion
first, his music the embodiment of his soulful spirit, sense of hope and his love for
Which is not to say he dismisses the CGP, the Guitar Player awards, the Grammy
nominations, the numerous magazine polls naming him the greatest acoustic guitarist
alive. He’s grateful for it all, and the incredible journey that’s led him to the most
invigorating period of his career–six decades into it. For Tommy though, the greatest
reward is always the same–to make the next great record, and to see the beaming
audience at the next great show.
“When I was a kid, I wanted to be in show business. Now I just want to be in the happiness
business–I make music, you get happy. That’s a good job.”